Crime fiction powerhouse and former circuit comedian, CK McDonnell is on the cusp of levelling further up, with a TV adaptation of his half a million selling “Dublin Trilogy” in the works.
We talk about how to write fast, being calibrated for tough criticism, solving problems in the shower, and how to let characters evolve - especially Bunny McGarry who went from villain to his best loved creation.
25 mins of extra content from this interview is available exclusively to the Insiders Club! We discover Caimh’s secrets of self-publication, learn about how he cultivates the fanbase that now flock around him, and learn why he won’t record his own audiobooks!
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Head writer for “The Mash Report”, show-runner for “Hello America” on Quibi, and profoundly nice man, Tom Neenan has a practised ease with pulling jokes out of thin air. He’s also a comcompletist and one of the nicest people in the industry.
We talk about his entry into the business as a recipient of the BBC writer’s bursary, how a position as staff-writer taught him to be super-productive, and how to mine ambiguity for a punchline.
30 minutes of extra content available exclusively to members of the Insiders Club includes Tom on learning to make shows more personal; Stu and Tom get self-indulgent riffing on story and the Lubitsch touch with reference to Pixar and the MCU, and Tom shares some of his favourite joke-formats…
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We also mentioned some of his favourite instructional YouTubers; these include HBomberguy, Jenny Nicholson, Every Frame a Painting, Lessons From The Screenplay, Folded Ideas, and Lindsey Ellis.
And here’s a link to the video about The Lubitsch touch Tom mentions in the extras:
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In a podcast recorded in a less frightening time (about a fortnight ago) Desiree Burch talks us through her upbringing and development to becoming the powerful and hyper-eloquent comic force she is today. We talk about seeking connection, the protective shell of comedy, finding acceptance but to white standards, and why her tremendous debut poster was a literal collage of dick pics.
30 mins worth of extras available exclusively to the Insiders Club include Desiree’s very inspiring thoughts on being her own boss and recognising her own value, and a deep dive into her last show “Desiree’s Coming Early” which used a twin narrative to reframe her personal history, whilst being incredibly funny…
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Burning amazingly brightly on the UK TV comedy scene a few years ago, Andi Osho seemed to have the world at her feet. But something was wrong; she became physically and mentally exhausted and felt increasingly detached from her onstage persona. Now starring in “Curfew” on Sky, we talk about the warning signs she saw and missed, why she wouldn't do another panel show if she returned to standup, and whether it's easier or harder to be depressed in L.A.
Over 20mins of extra material available exclusively to members of the Insiders Club includes Andi on the workshops, courses and ontological studies she's experienced, the limitations of standup, and finding authentic ways to give back to the world. Join up at www.comedianscomedian.com/insiders
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See my show Primer at this year's Edinburgh Fringe
Filed Under: Acting, Actor, Andi Osho, BBC, College, Comedy, Curfew, Depression, Drama School, Edinburgh, Fame, Fear, Festival, Gender, Gina Yashere, Interview, Jobs, LA, Lights Out, Live At The Apollo, London, Mainstream, Mental Health, Mock The Week, Onstage Persona, Panel Shows, Persona, Radio, Risk, Sara Pascoe, Shazam!, Stage Persona, Stand Up, Success, TV, Twitter, USA, Whoopi Goldberg, WorthComments: No Comments
Toby is a quintessential English gent; bumbling, noble and Dr Who obsessed. He's also a very deft writer whose work keeps making Stu cry, as well as a respected compere and champion of newer acts. We talk about his stewardship of the club XS Mallarkey, using self-deprecation as a defense mechanism, and tease at the feeling of being surplus...
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13/03/2019 Salisbury Art Centre
Filed Under: 8 Out Of 10 Cats, Acting, Actor, Adam Bloom, Age, Audiences, Awards, BBC, BBC4, Ben Elton, Bill Hicks, Charlie Brooker, Comedy, Comedy Store, Compere, Compere/MC/Hosting, Diversity, Dr Who, Fame, Fringe, Interview, Jack Dee, Jason Cook, Jim Jefferies, John Bishop, Mock The Week, Onstage Persona, Persona, Peter Kay, Phil Ellis, Podcasting, Radio 4, Russell Kane, Sarah Millican, Spike Milligan, Stage Persona, Stand Up, Success, The Comedy Store, The Guardian, Twitter, Whimsy, Who's Round, Worth, Writing Jokes, Writing On Stage, XS MalarkeyComments: No Comments
Paul Foot has one of the most refreshingly original comic voices in the world. We delve deep into the 13 years he spent being brilliant but unreliable, and the psychological toll imposed by the heroic deaths necessary to achieve genuine excellence. We talk about his writing partnership, his "guild of connoisseurs", and the Australian run of shows that changed everything...
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Filed Under: 8 Out Of 10 Cats, Alternative Comedy, Audiences, Comedy, Edinburgh, Festival, Festival Comedian, First Open Spot, Fringe, Improv, Interview, Jobs, Live At The Apollo, Mock The Week, Never Mind The Buzzcocks, Noel Fielding, Onstage Persona, Persona, Reality TV, Reviews, Risk, So You Think You’re Funny, Stage Persona, Stand Up, Stand Up For The Week, Structure, Success, Surreal, Touring Comedian, TV, USA, Worth, Would I Lie To You?, Writing, Writing Jokes, Writing On Stage, YouTubeComments: No Comments
Splicing together physical absurdity with beautifully cerebral joke-writing, John Luke Roberts is responsible for some genuinely ground-breaking comedy. We discuss how he was vice-president of Cambridge Footlights while not feeling part of it, how he battles his ego and why he was drawn to Ecole Phillipe Gaulier. We also explore what it feels like to perform as a terrifying clown of your own dead father...
Extras available by joining the Insiders Club at www.comedianscomedian.com/insiders include the inside story on ACMS and his "mutually-assured" relationship with co-host Thom Tuck, and his thoughts on why even though the highs of improv and musical comedy are high indeed, the entry level is pretty low...
@JLukeRoberts / Tickets for John Luke's 2018 Ed Fringe show
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29/06/2018 Tringe Festival
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Filed Under: 8 Out Of 10 Cats, Acting, Age, Alternative Comedy, Audiences, Awards, Character, Clown, College, Comedy, Competitions, Edinburgh, Ego, Festival, Festival Comedian, Footlights, Fringe, Interview, John Luke Roberts, Mental Health, Mock The Week, Onstage Persona, Persona, Philippe Gaulier, Physical Comedy, Reviews, Risk, School, Simon Munnery, So You Think You’re Funny, Soho Theatre, Stage Persona, Stand Up, Structure, Success, Surreal, The Alternative Comedy Memorial Society, Thom Tuck, TV, Worth, Writing, Writing Jokes, Writing On StageComments: No Comments
Anuvab Pal is one of a new generation, exploding out of India's relatively recent "comedy Big Bang". This disarming, witty act reveals how hard he finds it to embrace the Western "free thought" approach to learning, and waxes lyrical on the difference between art and "retail entertainment", as well as giving us the low-down on who to watch out for in Indian comedy...
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See Anuvab at Edinburgh
See Stu on tour over the next two months, including a DVD record of the tour show on June 14th in Bristol:
08/06/2018 Southampton, Hanger Farm
09/06/2018 Cambridge Junction
12/06/2018 Edinburgh, The Monkey Barrel
13/06/2018 Glasgow, The Stand
14/06/2018 DVD RECORD IN BRISTOL
15/06/2018 Birmingham Glee
17/06/2018 Brighton Komedia
21-23 June London, Soho Theatre
29/06/2018 Tringe Festival
Filed Under: Age, Audiences, Comedy, Comedy Store, Dylan Moran, Eddie Izzard, Edinburgh, Festival, Fringe, Ian Stone, India, Indian Comedy, Interview, Jobs, Mock The Week, Peter Kay, Rob Deering, Ross Noble, Soho Theatre, Stage Persona, Stand Up, Storytelling, Structure, Success, The Comedy Store, Twitter, Worth, Writing, YouTubeComments: No Comments
Fin Taylor and Caimh "CK" McDonnell are the last guests in this burst of episodes, then I'm on a break for August to record more content at a mystery festival somewhere past Berwick Upon Tweed... If you're reading this check @comcompod for more updates!
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